Module Identifier EN34030  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Professor Peter T Barry  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr Michael J Smith  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   20 Hours. Seminar. 10 x 2 hrs  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 essays (3000 words each)100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. Where this involves re-submission of work, a new topic must be selected.100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module students should typically be able to:

1. demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of contemporary British poetry from outside the 'mainstream'

2. engage in critical appreciation of the handling of language and form in particular poems;

3. relate the poetry to appropriate cultural contexts;

4. explain and engage with recent critical and/or theoretical debates about contemporary British poetry.

Brief description

This module by-passes the best-known landmarks - Larkin, Heaney, Hughes - and asks you to boldly go into hitherto unmapped territory. It takes for granted the fact that you probably find poetry reading quite difficult but also assumes that you are just as keen to encounter new and challenging work in poetry, as in, say, film or pictorial art. The module offers `poetry with an edge', and poetry with a strong contemporary flavour (it's a daffodil-free zone). It offers reading strategies for poetry, especially for poetry of an innovative kind. It seeks to remove it from the 'page vacuum' and looks at it in its various contexts, such as: the contemporary art scene, the processes of small-press publishing, the dynamics of reading and performance, the influences of 'alternative' cultures and lifestyles, and various networks of regional and political allegiances.


The module will consist of weekly meetings, as follows.


Seminar 1: 'The End is Nigh'

Seminar 2: 'Border Countries'

Seminar 3: 'Outside History'?

Seminar 4: 'Planet Alice'

Seminar 5: 'Have You Been Here Long?'   

Seminar 6: 'Talking Pictures' (or 'Let's Get Ekphrastic')

Seminar 7: `Oh No, Not the New Rock and Roll Again'

Seminar 8: 'Birmingham's What I Think With'

Seminar 9: Liverpool Accents - `The Hard Lyric'

Seminar 10: 'Return to Planet Alice'


This module is at CQFW Level 6